Take a look at the new Blackwood Brothers Restaurant & Social Club in Bay View

Blackwood Brothers Restaurant and Social Club officially opened at 3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. at Bay View.

Behind the concept hides service industry veteran Sherrilyn Law, whose vision of a cozy neighborhood restaurant came to fruition in a space that evokes the warmth of a rustic living space with its warm gray walls, its walls adorned with various agricultural tools and its abundant plants.


To open up the space, Law says they removed the top portion of the bar, giving the space a whole new look.

Bar at Blackwood BrothersX

The restaurant’s aesthetic was created largely with sweat, says Law, who built the rustic wooden planters on the western wall and whose boyfriend Dana Nielsen helped build the restaurant’s tables.

Planter at Blackwood BrothersX

“This is the cozy place I always imagined I wanted,” Law says. “I sat in each seat to make sure they were comfortable. At the end of the day, I want people to feel right at home… and literally, if I show you pictures of my living room, it looks quite like this. ”

Along the south wall, above the two-story banquettes, guests will also find a piece of the building’s history (and inspiration for the restaurant’s name) in the form of an original Blackwood Brothers sign. Hardware Store, which was reclaimed from storage in the old one. transport house behind the building.

Original Blackwood Brothers Hardware Store SignX

Law says that in the few days they’ve been opened, they’ve already received a visit from two members of the Blackwood family, who enjoyed brunch at the restaurant and shared stories about the history of space, including understood that it was also home to a relative’s dental office when the Blackwoods still owned the building.

“Our first visitors were mostly neighbors,” Law says, “That’s exactly what I wanted… it to be a neighborhood place and a place people come to after work. I want people to be proud that we are in the neighborhood.

At the bar, guests will find a cocktail menu filled with expertly named drinks that highlight salty, floral and bitter notes. Selections include “Spy Plane” with Rye, St. Raphael Dori, Cocchi Americao and Lemon ($ 8); and “Kyuri Cloud” with Hendrick Gin, St. Germaine, Tycu Cucumber Sake, Nigori Sake and Egg White ($ 11); as well as weekly specials like “Downtown Billy,” a not-so-sweet vodka lemonade riff with mint, muddy blackberries, Rehorst vodka and lemonade (pictured above).

The Downtown Billy cocktailX

Beer drinkers can expect an eclectic collection of bottled and canned beers, with an emphasis on handcrafted finds and popular quaffs like Miller High Life. On the wine side, Law says his curated list focuses on more funk seasonal selections, many of which are vegan, organic, or made with minimal intervention.

On the food side, a menu plays with classic American and global flavors in a mix of casual meat and plant-based dishes. Law says that while she is unable to maintain a fully gluten-free kitchen, she has a dedicated gluten-free fryer and the menu contains a number of gluten-free items.

Among the options, customers will find items to share like Orleans Shrimp Sliders with Remoulade and Tiger Salad ($ 12); kimchi spring rolls with shogachi sauce ($ 9); lean fries with a choice of seasonings (hot, curry or homemade) and dips (vegan chive mayonnaise, Go! Go ketchup !, avocado cream, moche sauce, vegan sriracha mayo and garlic aioli) for $ 7.

There are also whole Korean fried chicken wings (six for $ 12) sauces with ginger tamari, spicy apricots, or Seoul fire sauces.

Sandwich options include the Sledgehammer Burger with two homemade patties, American cheese, pickles, fried shallots, shagachi sauce, and garlic aioli on a brioche roll ($ 15); the Choripan with a French roll with Spanish chorizo, chimichurri, chili crunch and fried eggs ($ 14) the already popular Killer Tofu Sandwich with a French roll filled with fried Simple Soyman tofu, sambal oelek, vegan tiger salad and caramelized onions ($ 13).

Meanwhile, simple, heartwarming entrees include a daily mac and cheese ($ 13) and grilled meatloaf with a mix of beef and pork served with mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies and Go! Go! Ketchup ($ 15).

Brunch, which is served Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., currently has a menu of options, including an extravagant brunch burger swimming in a homemade cheese sauce.

On security, Law says Blackwood Brothers is operating within the security guidelines set out by the City of Milwaukee, including at 50% capacity, allowing social distancing between tables and requiring masks for employees and guests. . An air purification system has also been installed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 inside the restaurant.

Law says the restaurant is in the process of becoming operational at the moment. However, in the coming weeks, people can look forward to the addition of take-out offers as well as a ‘Blue Collar Happy’ hour with special prices on a selection of beers, shoots and house cocktails. Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Blackwood Brothers is open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight, with brunch service on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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